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|An update on Letters Home from the Peace Corps
Many thanks for your letters. I have now received about 350. They are terrific letters. Thank you for writing home during your Peace Corps service. Thank you for writing so well. And thank you for sending them to me. (For more about this project) If you havent sent copies of one or two of your Peace Corps letters to us yet, one suggestion about making your selection: look for ones that detail a dramatic incident or a telling moment in your Peace Corps experience. I find that reading about a single incident is most completing.
In this issue of PeaceCorpsWriters. org we have a letter from Errin Byrd (Mali 199799) who served as a Business Advising Volunteer in West Africa. She is currently a recruiter in the Seattle Peace Corps Recruiting Office. And she is a wonderful writer.
And The Nominates Are . . .
For the Outstanding Non-Fiction Award, named to honor journalist Paul Cowen, who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador:
A Field Guide to Pigs by John Pukite (Central Africa Republic 198890)
Talking with Michener by Lawrence Grobel (Ghana 196871)
For the Outstanding Fiction Award, named to honor Maria Thomas, who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia.
Saviors by Paul Eggers (Malaysia 1976-78)
Let us know your nominations.
So You Want To Be A Writer
A Christmas Story in May
In 1943, on the Estonian island of Hiiumaa, a village church bell was buried to save it from the Nazis. (They were melting metal for ammunition.) The bell remained hidden throughout 50 years of Soviet occupation until an old Estonian persuaded a very reluctant Peace Corps Volunteer, Doug Wells, to search for it with his metal detector (now dont you all wish you had taken a metal detector overseas in your luggage?). I wont tell you what happened, youll have to read A Writer Writes for the whole story, but lets just say that Dougs adventure in 1994 was turned into an Estonia popular song, Kas Sa Raagis Inglise Keelt? For two weeks, the song was #1 on the Estonian pop charts. Today theres talk of a film and Estonian history books retell the story of the Christmas Bell and the young American Peace Corps Volunteer.
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Finally . . .
The sun glowed savagely hot in a colorless sky the next Monday morning as Lew Corleigh loaded the jeep wagon for his weekly outcountry trip. He heaved bundles of textbooks over the open tailgate and stacked mail, CARE packages and medicines beside them. Sweat beaded his arms and shoulders as he rolled three fifty-five-gallon drums of kerosene up a ramp and into position. Finally he loaded two cartons of yellow manila envelopes, the termination instruction kits for some sixty Group V volunteers . . . who would be ending their service in July and returning to the United States. Lew thought of his own termination envelope being prepared in the Peace Corps office above him and he calculated the remaining time as he did every morning: eighty-five days to go.
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